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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 & ’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Have a Very Barkley Christmas and a Happy New Year
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Have a Very Barkley Christmas and a Happy New Year
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I looked up and there was Barkley running at full speed. The chances of catching him were slim and none, his muscular frame powering through the turns tearing up the turf while firmly grasping the ball. The intense and focused look in his eyes made it obvious there was nothing that could be done to [Read More]
Today Is the Day
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Today Is the Day
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Today is the day that will change your life forever. How can I say that with such confidence? Because after you read this column, and if you act on what you read here, you can start to change your life for the better. [Read More]
To Live a Hall of Fame Life
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To Live a Hall of Fame Life
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
A lot of life events happened over the past week that made me stop and reflect a bit about my own journey. It gave me a chance to step back, and take stock on whether I am living the type of life I had always hoped. A chance to think about what’s next, and how to go from what appears to be a succe [Read More]
I Quit (And Why You Probably Should Too)
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I Quit (And Why You Probably Should Too)
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
There is no shame in taking one step back sometimes to gain two steps forward. Persistence, taken too far, is the equivalent of stubbornness and can lead to futility and great disappointment, even depression. It takes a very strong, mature person to look in the mirror and recognize their limitations [Read More]
From Ordinary to Extraordinary
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From Ordinary to Extraordinary
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I believe the key to a meaningful, joyful and successful life is to discover, create and develop your own unique abilities and skills and to commit to constant improvement so you have the confidence and courage to achieve success as you define it. [Read More]
The Clock Is Ticking. What’s Your Call?
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The Clock Is Ticking. What’s Your Call?
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s been a stressful, pressure-filled day. There have been a lot of ups and downs, momentum swings, decisions and indecisions. There is so much riding on what you do next. The implications for the long haul are significant. [Read More]
Every Day Should Be 'Thank a Teacher Day'
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Every Day Should Be 'Thank a Teacher Day'
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While the next National Teacher Appreciation Day in the U.S. isn’t until May 7, 2019, World Teachers Day is coming up on Oct. 5. It’s nice to have these reminders that we should take time to recognize and thank our teachers. However, here’s a novel idea. Every day should be “Thank a Teacher [Read More]
At Last
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At Last
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After celebrating the completion of the book with a few family and friends, my attention quickly shifts to the next steps. Now the real work (and fun) begins. I am really looking forward to this part of the journey — to see how many lives might be positively impacted by the time, energy, research [Read More]
A Passion with a Purpose
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A Passion with a Purpose
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After a number of years attempting to be an administrator, a job at which I was mediocre at best, I am back in the coaching and instructional world where I have re-discovered a pragmatic passion with a purpose. Writing a book became a part of the passion and purpose. It was not easy. The amount of s [Read More]
From Penn State to Idaho and Back, With Gratitude
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From Penn State to Idaho and Back, With Gratitude
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
My wife and I just returned from 12 amazing days in the state of Idaho. Yes, that’s right, Idaho. I have nothing but gratitude in my heart for the hospitality and generosity of the people we met and worked with while we were in the Gem State. [Read More]
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